The roots of this company go back to 1832, it was founded in 1873 by by Truckson LaFrance as the "LaFrance Manufacturing Company".
From the beginning it was a company for fire fighting equipment. The American LaFrance Fire Engine Company was formed in 1903, while
the first motorized fire engine was delivered in 1907. As a fire truck producer the company still exists today.
In the early 20th. century American LaFrance was the creator of some sports cars, too.